Land: Place: Site (variation one)
Outdoor Gallery > 22 March – 28 April 2019
Opening night | 6pm Friday 22 March 2019
Originally conceived for Sculpture by the Sea 2018 and now re-imagined for the courtyard of Belconnen Arts Centre, Land: Place: Site (variation one) is a rural overlay upon the urban alignment of the Belconnen Arts Centre Outdoor Gallery. Its intention is less defined as object in place than as a site relocated. It sits within the paradigm of Robert Smithson’s non-site, where minimalism within an exhibition space serves as reference between here and there, open and closed and edge and centre. The work is a fragment, a displacing and repositioning of place through time. From here, as settlers, we temper the vastness of Australia through our own sense of trepidation and systems of boundaries which define variations of land use, ownership and management. It stands as a reminder of the agricultural heritage of Australia, and our need to frame and tame spaces through creating boundaries and fences, while acknowledging the fragility of tenure we have within our places.
About Wendy Teakel >
Practising professionally since 1980, Wendy Teakel has held 36 solo exhibitions and had work curated into over 80 exhibitions in Australia and overseas. She holds a Masters by Research from RMIT (2004) and headed Sculpture at the ANU School of Art & Design from 2008-2017. Her work is held in collections at the National Gallery of Australia, University collections in Australia and Thailand and regional galleries throughout Australia. Recent awards, residencies and grants include being an invited artist at the Pohchang Academy of Arts international workshop in Thailand (2019), Chiang Mai International Sculpture Symposium (2018), Echigo Tsumari Australia House Residency in Japan (2016), Australia Council Tokyo Studio (2016), and an artsACT project grant with David Jensz (2017) for a residency and two group exhibitions in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, Thailand. Wendy was also the Transfield Invited Artist for Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi (2018). She is represented by Beaver Galleries, ACT.